Tom Pelfrey, Wasilla
Pelfrey, and a group were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shore toward Cunningham Park after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn’t sure if he would go rod and reel fishing for sockeye salmon after a wildly successful morning of dip netting. Between the occupants of the boat, they netted 106 sockeye.
“It wasn’t crowded this morning, but it started to pick up this afternoon,” he said.
Scott Cramer, of Nikiski
Cramer said he was fishing at Cunningham Park to have a relaxing afternoon by the river on his day off.
“It’s my second day of fishing for the season,” he said. “No luck yet today. I’ve seen a few jumping. I think the boat is the trick. If you’ve got a boat, you’ve got it made.”
Mike Babbitt, of Montana
Babbitt was geared up and ready to fish for red salmon on the Kenai River near Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday.
“I come ever year,” he said. “It has been really good (fishing) this year.”
Matt Scheib, of Wasilla
Scheib and a group of friends were dragging a cooler of sockeye salmon up the shoreline Wednesday after a guided personal use fishing trip. He said he wasn’t sure if he’d fish again for red salmon during the 2015 season.
“I think I’ve got enough,” he said. “My wife says I got enough.”
Delmar Royal, Kenai
Royal stood on the bank of the Kenai River fishing for salmon. He said he didn’t know the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits had been upped but probably wouldn’t target the higher number of fish.
“I’m just out to have fun,” he said. “I got the day off.”
Chad Thurston, of Montana
Thurston and a group of friends headed down to the Kenai River from Soldotna Creek Park in anticipation of landing red salmon.
“We’ve had a couple of good days and a couple of off days,” he said of the group’s six days of fishing. “We’re going to try for six (red salmon) today.”
John Kruger, of Kenai
At Cunningham Park on Wednesday, Kruger said he was fishing for king salmon from the shore and didn’t know that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had upped the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits on the Kenai River on Wednesday morning.
“It’s looking like a third year of them dribbling in,” he said. “It’s not because of the way they’re being fished, you just can’t set your watch by them. If I get three, I’ll be happy.”
Alex Douthit, Salmon Buster’s Guide Service
Douthit dropped a group of personal use fishermen off at Cunningham Park and was waiting for another to arrive.